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50-year-old man makes history swimming under stunning Antarctic ice sheet

A 50-year-old endurance athlete is swimming beneath an ice sheet in Antarctica to raise awareness of climate change.

On Monday, Lewis Pugh plunged into a river formed beneath a rapidly melting ice sheet and swam through waters just a few degrees above zero — wearing nothing but a Speedo, hair cap and goggles. 

WINTERING IN WHITSTABLE

Feeling frozen out of life, Katherine May waded into the winter sea - and learned not to run straight back out again

The first time I entered the sea to swim at New Year, I thought I might die. I got in, felt my chest tighten, wondered if I would ever draw another breath, and then ran out again.

Banburyshire woman braves freezing waters for marine charity's fight against plastic

A woman from Shotteswell is swimming regularly in waters close to freezing temperatures to fitten up for a huge challenge.

The Subversive Joy of Cold-Water Swimming

Britons are skipping the heated pool and rediscovering the pleasures of lakes, rivers, and seas—even in winter.

In 1973, Roger Deakin, a British writer and environmental activist, acquired a tumbledown sixteenth-century farmhouse outside the ancient village of Mellis, in Suffolk, and began a restoration, repairing stone walls and replacing roof tiles. 

The health benefits and risks of cold water swimming

Want to get in on the joys of cold water swimming? We explore the many health benefits and outline how to stay safe in the open water.
Cold water swimming may seem like an odd pastime to the uninitiated.

Come in, the water's f-f-freezing: Endurance swimmer Lewis Pugh is preparing for his toughest challenge yet... in Antarctica

Is he mad, or simply superhuman? HARRY MOUNT takes the plunge with him to find out

Lewis Pugh will swim a kilometre across a 'supraglacial' lake in the Antarctic. 
His swim will last between 18 and 21 minutes: enough to kill most human beings.  
The endurance swimmer has trained off the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides.

Swimming beyond summer: how SwimBowen inspired off-season dips into Howe Sound waters

In the midst of the cold and clouds, why would anyone choose to swim in the frigidity of our local ocean –let alone in the morning, when the light’s barely risen to reveal the icicles stuck to your eyelids? Okay, maybe not icicles. But the water’s chilly at the best of times. Surely, there must be better ways to commune with Mother Nature and this island we call home than to plunge into the Pacific and that practice of penance known as post-summer ocean swimming. Why do it?!

Five spectacular wild swimming spots in France

Explore France’s wealth of wild swimming spots this summer, from rivers and gorges to lakes high in the mountains

With nearly 3,000 miles of coastline, France has many of Europe’s finest beaches. But head inland and you stumble across a magical world of wild swimming – in lakes, rivers and gorges, as well as artificial lakes known as plans d’eau.

Why wild swimming is one of the best things for your mental health

It’s long been hailed by evangelists as a serious life tonic, but now a study by the British Medical Journal has proven the positive impact that wild swimming can have on our mental health. 

Swimming in freezing Winter waters: Insane or exhilarating?

It is hard not to notice how swimming in the outdoors has taken off in the UK over the last few years.

But while jumping in the water on a summer’s day might be refreshing, some hardy folk continue dipping in freezing temperatures throughout the Winter. Megan Titley speaks open water swimmers from the M.A.L.L.O.W.S Facebook group to find out if they are insane or actually, more sane than otherwise.

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